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to try to avoid the fiscal cliff deadline. senator chuck schumer says there's some signs for optimism here. >> the first time leader mcconnell is speaking to the president, if the senate is going to be the place for action starts. >>> means to me we could come up with some kind of agreement. >>> let's bring in democratic strategist blake zeff, and robert shranham. first who will be there. president obama, the vice president biden that will be there. speaker boehner they'll be in this meeting. to you here, chip -- not chip, sorry. to you here, blake, where do they begin? >> i think there's on this one way to get the deal done, and that's through the senate. probably highly unlikely, and then you would have to impress upon jane boehner, so i think we're looking at a very small likelihood we have any sort of significant deal other than a plan that lowers taxes. >> so you're somewhat pessimistic. what about you, robert? >> cautiously optimistic. he's exactly right. the only other thing i think could happen is in fancy pelosi, who quite franly has a stronger hand, is able to get enough dem
with congresswoman barbara lee. stay with us. >>> the senate is scheduled to get back to work and avoid the fiscal cliff 45 minutes from now. president obama will be watching with the rest of country for a deal to be hammered out. he thinks republican leaders need to bend. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit and as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> i'm joined by congresswoman barbara lee a democrat from california. good to see you. good morning. >> good to see you. glad to be with you. >> let me give you the republican perspective. it is that some indications they are willing to give on taxes whether 400 or 450,000, that yesterday they floated this idea of changing social security. they've backed off on that. they apparently are willing to give on some of these estate taxes. the democrats are willing to give on some of the
with very big issues. in both houses of congress, if we get through this fiscal cliff and get to january, people will rightfully ask is there a better way to do this? since we seem to have a majority in both chambers that would like to solve the problem, but procedurally we're not getting to an answer. >> soon to be senator tim scott takes the oath next week, the only african-american senator, it highlights an interesting dichotomy. republicans have more minorities in the senate than democrats, while the party itself struggles with minority voters. >> i think you hit the nail on the head. clearly the republicans are having a major problem reaching out not just to people of color, but to women and so forth. i think what the republican party is trying to do is say, you know what? we have to do a better job. tim scott is a conservative from south carolina and also he's a earl if legislator in terms of being in the house of representatives, so it's perfect sense for him to go to the senate. we also see to a certain degree the first latino from texas, ted cruz, coming into the senate as well.
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